The UAA Writing Center provides reading and writing assistance to UAA students at all levels and all disciplines. Certified and formally trained tutors offer help for those seeking to improve their reading, writing, and study skills.

Services Offered

Writing Center tutors work with students at all levels to help improve and integrate their reading and writing skills into regular study habits through one-on-one discussions of their work. The goal is students’ long-term improvement in their work.

Tutoring can be a useful resource at any point in the writing process from brainstorming ideas before a paper is written, to looking over a written document. The Writing Center tutors also offer assistance in understanding and using APA, MLA, and Chicago Style formats.

Format of Service Delivery

The goal of the Writing Center is to promote productive learning. The brief description below describes the format of typical writing session:

Tutoring sessions are usually 20-30 minutes, which is ample time to brainstorm ideas or review specific components of most papers. The Writing Center is a teaching and learning environment, and does not function merely as a proofreading or editing service. Rather, students will identify their focus or objectives for the session and then work one-on-one with a tutor. Often, students will read their writing aloud and, through interactive discussion with the tutor, identify opportunities for learning and improvement. At the end of the tutoring session, students should work independently or with peers to incorporate new ideas and skills into their writing. Students are welcome and encouraged to come back if they have additional questions or need further assistance.

Summer 2014 Hours

Opening May 19

Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday

Closed: May 26,
July 3 & 4

Please call for
additional information:
The Writing
Center is located in
SMH 118 

How to Prepare for Your Session

In order to get the most out of your tutoring session at the Writing Center, you are encouraged to come prepared. The following tips will help you to prepare for your tutoring session:

  • Review your writing
    • Read over your writing to refresh your familiarity with your argument and to identify your focus for the tutoring session.  
  • Write down questions that come to mind as you review

What to do during your session

Tutoring sessions in the Writing Center are most useful when both tutor and tutee participate in the session. The following tips will help you to get the most from your session:

  • Engage with your tutor and actively participate in the session
    • Learning is interactive and dialogic. Tutors will ask you questions and may make some suggestions, but your writing belongs to you as both a product and responsibility.

  • Ask questions!
    • Tutoring sessions are learning-centered. Let your tutor know when you are unsure of their meaning or need clarification of a concept.

  • Turn off your phone
    • As a courtesy for others in the lab and to ensure your focus, silence your phone and refrain from answering calls or texts during your tutoring session.

What to do following your session

After your session in the Writing Center it is important to integrate what you learned into your work.  The following tips will help ensure that you are continually learning and improving your reading/writing skills:

  • Review, revise and return
    • Once you have reviewed and revised your work, feel welcome to return to the Writing Center and meet with a tutor for another session.

    • Often, a tutoring session will help you to identify ways to improve your writing not just on a particular assignment, but in other works as well.  Consider what you learned in the session and how you may be able to transfer those skills to subsequent pieces.

    • Access the LRC Reserve Collection for additional resources that you can use independently.

    •  Form writing groups with your friends or classmates. Reading and offering suggestions for your peers’ writing is a great way to improve your own!

Online Resources

SLED Online Tutoring - SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) is available for all UAA students and those accessing the internet from within Alaska in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and study skills. Sign in for a live online tutoring session through the Live Homework Help service website at This online service is offered seven days a week and is available from noon - 2:00 a.m.SLED Online Tutoring Service

Additional Writing Resources are available from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, accessible via


CRLA and NTA Tutoring Certifications